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Of all the stories coming out of the war, this is one of the greatest of all. In the wake of the D-Day Landings in Normandy that ended WWII, Operation PLUTO swung into action. 'Pipe Line Under The Ocean' was a daring mission to pump millions of gallons of petrol through secret undersea pipes that connected the Isle of Wight to Normandy and Kent to the Pas-de-Calais. Without PLUTO, 75,000 vehicles would have run dry and the liberation of Europe would have faltered. The 75 mile long pipeline from the Isle of Wight was laid in one night by HMS Latimer, formerly the SS Empire Ridley, a cable laying ship named after two bishops who were martyred for the cause of the Gospel at Broad Street, Oxford in 1555. These were Bishop Latimer's final words to his friend Bishop Ridley as they burned at the stake:

"Be of good cheer brother Ridley for tonight, by God’s grace, we light a candle in England that will never be extinguished"

Those words were inscribed onto the hull of HMS Latimer as it laid the pipeline 400 years later. It was the battle cry of Force PLUTO as the task of liberating Europe from evil was initiated on the coast of Normandy. As the Allies moved deeper into occupied Europe in 1944, the PLUTO Pipeline was extended overland across France, Belgium and the Netherlands eventually crossing the Rhine into Germany.

Our work in Normandy, Calais and Amsterdam seems to be retracing the PLUTO pathway. Steve has lived with this amazing story since the beginning of Miracle Street's journey pioneering evangelism in some of Europe's spiritual wastelands.